Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Party...

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

The Bead Soup Blog Party is a creative challenge where each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:

A focal
A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not. Besides being a bead swap, the Bead Soup Blog Party is meant to stimulate creativity by forcing designers to use materials that they normally would not have selected for themselves.

Here's what I made:

My partner was Brenda Salzano. She's a talented mixed-media artist from the Northwest. She sent a great mix of very earthy and organic components, many of which were vintage. Brenda was really generous and sent a plentiful batch of "soup ingredients"; I felt that one of my challenges was to edit down the selection and focus on just a few of the pieces.

I did add some components to the Bead Soup recipe. I wanted to bring the greenish blue color up, but also wanted the scale to be more dainty, so I substituted Vietnamese ceramic rounds instead of the more chunky aventurine cubes. I also wanted to bring the red, blue, green combination up into the piece and incorporated enameled headpins from Objects & Elements, Swarovski crystal pearls from Fusion Beads, and enameled bead caps from C-Koop Beads.

For me, one of the trickiest parts was using the button as the clasp. It went through several incarnations, with beaded loops, strands of Soft Flex, and a variety of wire hooks... but I instead settled on putting it on some extender jump rings and use a swivel-lobster clasp. (I know, it bends the rules a little bit, but I think the piece benefits from the clean connection.)

Come see what the rest of us made!

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
3. Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane
4. Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5. Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6. Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7. Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8. Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9. Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10. Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
11. Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12. Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13. Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14. Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15. Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16. Deci Worland, Gem Trails
17. Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18. Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19. Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20. Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats
21. Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22. Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim
23. Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24. Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25. Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26. Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27. Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads
28. Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29. Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30. Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
31. Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32. Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33. Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34. Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36. Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37. Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39. Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40. Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio
41. Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42. Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43. Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya
44. Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45. Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles
46. Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig
47. Amanda Davie, Articulations
48. Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49. Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux
50. Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton (YOU ARE HERE!)
51. Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52. Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53. Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54. Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56. Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57. Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio
58. Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59. Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa
60. Sandi Lee James, Do Be Do Bead Do
61. Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog
62. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63. Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64. Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65. Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66. Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67. Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68. Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69. Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver
70. Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71. Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72. Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73. Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74. Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
76. Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
77. Valerie Norton, Hot Art
78. Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden
79. Amy Severino, Amy Beads
80. Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81. Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82. Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83. Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84. Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85. Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86. CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87. Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89. Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations
90. Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91. Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
92. Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead
93. Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations
94. Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio
96. Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97. Cindy Dolezal, Cindy Dolezal Designs
98. Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
101. Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102. Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations
103. Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104. Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105. Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106. Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107. Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108. Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109. Grace Danel, Grace Beading
110. Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman
111. Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe
112. Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
113. Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114. Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116. Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
118. Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
119. Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart
120. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs
121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings
123. Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass
124. Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks
125. Hazel Ward, All Those Things
126. Brenda Salzano, Salzanos
127. Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee
128. Anna Denisova, Anita-M
129. Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry
130. Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads
131. Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132. Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies
137. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139. Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter
140. Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141. Heather Pyle, Welcome to My Muse
142. Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143. Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144. Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145. Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146. Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
147. Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
148. Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me
149. Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog
150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151. Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152. Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153. Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area
154. Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156. Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157. Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158. Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
160. Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161. Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162. Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163. Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio
165. Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167. Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168. Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169. Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
170. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171. Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172. Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs
173. Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass
174. Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
176. Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178. Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179. Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
180. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181. Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry
189. Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos
190. Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191. Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197. Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198. Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious
200. Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201. Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202. Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203. Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204. Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205. Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206. Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207. Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208. Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209. Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210. Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don't miss it!


Salzanos said...

Andrew , I just love your design! A design after my own soul, with simplicity, color and depth of harmony! It was great to have you as a bead partner!!!!

Anna Lear said...

Wow, this came out beautifully! You could have gone many different ways with this selection, and I appreciate that you walked us through your process of winnowing down and combining the various components to arrive at what is really a striking piece. Great idea for the button clasp, too. Thanks for sharing!

kate mckinnon said...

What an unmanageably huge list!

Spirited Earth said...

thanks for sharing your process, i think it's those bird charms, i sent my partner a button for a clasp as well..thought it would be more challenging. your solution works perfectly.

Janet said...

I Love what you did with your Bead Soup, you were sent many beads. But with what you chose its just so right! Really a Wonderful Creation Andrew!x

Dee said...

Love the finished pieces Andrew. I love how the focal stands out in it as well, and great job in mixing and using the colors..fabulous!

Cindy Cima said...

Very nice - love the look!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful! You have really brought your own stamp to the lovely ingredients you were sent. Very pretty.

Regina said...

Love the simplicity and balance in your design. It is beautiful.

Stacey said...

Very nice piece - I love the center of this necklace - the way the pieces lead to the final focal - lovely.

Linda Landig said...

I love the clean lines and the little bird charms. It looks like you got a pretty cool pendant there, too. Nice work.

somethingunique said...

Andrew you are very creative,a very unique design i really love the details you include, the bird, the pendant with the bird house & right down to the feather on the table u are one creative guy very inspiring i am having a blast hop hopping around the "Bead Soup Party"

SueBeads said...

Hi Andrew, I love it! I love her focal! Very nice piece!

Lisa said...

This is such an elegant result...very nice.

Jess Italia Lincoln said...

Great bead soup, love the pendant with the little houses & birds! Andrew your design is very creative and I really like the touch of art bead components you added.

Palimpa Lim said...

So pretty and simple! Just amazing!

Kristen said...

Nice work and I don't think anyone will be upset with a little bend in the rules.

fireflymyst said...

Love your design, Andrew! Great idea for the clasp:)

Marie Cramp said...

I was wondering when you would pop up! Lovely piece! You achieved the dainty for sure :) Great job!

Janet said...

This is such a great Necklace!
Really really wonderful! You recieved
alot of beads but I like best with what you chose to work with

Anonymous said...

So elegant ~ it's fascinating to see how your choices were able to draw out different elements of the focal bead. And your clasp solution is completely on point.

Most of all, I'm glad to see your refreshing perspective in this round ... though I am curious to know what you had cooking on your real stove what you were busy creating this piece.

Wendy said...

Very cool, I like how it flows together and especially love the bird charms!

Lorelei Eurto said...

So beautiful! I love this one, you did a fantastic job with your soup!

Lanyardlady said...

Love it, Andrew! Simple, sleek and very elegant. I like your style.

ccrider2006 said...

Stunningly simple - I loved the way you put this one together.

Jennifer Cameron said...

That focal is wonderful and you definitely did it justice.

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

Wonderful piece, Andrew! Your the best at always making something "your own"!

Charlene said...

I love the beautiful simplicity of is. Very nicely done.

BeadsByEarthTones said...

simple and well balanced...a very nice feel. wonderful work!

maryharding said...

Lovely necklace. Warm and evocative.

Sandi Volpe said...

Beautiful design, I love the simplicity.

Deci said...

The clasp works nicely, and I like the free flying feeling of the bird.

Nicki said...

Simple and nice design, as all your pieces are. You brought out that blue pendant really nicely and I love the "chain" (I thought it was chain at first).

Terri said...

You came up with a beautiful design with your soup ingredients! Those long beads intrigue me. As did the clasp ...what a great solution that you came up with!

WondrousStrange said...


Loretta said...

Beautiful design, so clean. Love that focal bead!Your soup recipe was tasty.

Anonymous said...

Love how you pulled the colors out. You got some great ingredients to work with. Very nice piece!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty and dainty!

moonlitfantaseas said...

very nice!

rosebud101 said...

Andrew! That is beautiful! I love the organic look you created using your beautiful components! Wow!

Dana said...

#209 here...pretty, great job...

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

simply wonderful - clean and beautiful.

Sig Wynne-Evans said...

Very classy!!


Birgitta Lejonklou said...

A wonderful necklace !
the way You put those tube beads together to look like a chain is amazing <3<3<3

Heather said...

Love the colors and simplicity of this design. The bird over the bird house pendant is perfect and I love those long tube beads. Very tasty and original recipe!!

Debbie / Prairie Emporium said...

Very Cool!!!

steufel said...

Cool piece!

Jenni C said...

I love the simplicity of style and clean lines, however when you look a little closer there are a few more little extra design elements than what you first think, love the long beads and the little bird over the house.

Anonymous said...

Andrew this is just the perfect necklace for everyday with jeans, which is what I wear everyday. I love how the main focus of the necklace is all drawn to the focal, which is very cool. All of the components blend to make this stunning. I have seen the enameled headpins and passed on buying them, now they are on my list to buy. Beautiful job!

BluMoon said...

Love your design Andrew, the focal bead has a lovely mix of colours, great choice of beads.

m.e. said...

certainly proof that less can indeed be more! Your work is always Wonderful!
This design is no exception!!! A necklace as Light and Lovely as a Spring breeze !
m.e. :)

Lois Moon said...

I love how you picked up the reds from the bird house in the dangles. Bravo!

Courtney said...

I love the simplicity. That focal is wonderful!!!

ladynoble said...

The edits you made to your selection of ingredients really makes this piece stand out. I agree the button clasp look great as a clean connection. Very nice!

Pretty Things said...

LOVE the pendant, and love the simplicity -- I really think that pendant called for it. And I have never, ever, ever, been able to make a button work as a clasp. I always mess it up, make it too big or too small, and that means I have to redo my ENTIRE creation.

You did a wonderful job!

Diana P. said...

Andrew, I love what you made but then I always love what you make. You can do no wrong! You have magic bead hands!

maneki said...

That's a very nice necklace!

Julianna Cannon said...

This has a wonderfully organic feel~ in this case simple really is best. Beautiful!

Lody said...

I love the splash of red in this piece. The pendant coordinates so well with the components you used! I love everything about it, and will wear it in a heartbit.

Beadbug said...

Beautiful work.

Christine Damm said...

A very Zen kind of beauty about this one, Andrew. I like the chain connection to the pendant.

My Life Under the Bus said...

It looks as though it is telling a story or is a sort of talisman - beautiful!

sundownbeaddesigns said...

What wonderful soup you had! Love the necklace, so colorful! Just splendid!

Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass said...

Fantastic job, Andrew. This piece is so nicely balanced... you definitely have an eye for design.

roseworksjewelry said...

I remember looking at your components and wondering what on earth you were going to do with that - I love it!

Patsy Evins said...

I love hearing about the thinking process of designing a piece of jewelry. I actually visualized all the possibilities with you as you traveled on your personal and beautiful conclusion! Lovely design!

Everyday Gypsy said...

I love the way you crafted your soup. Sometimes rules are meant to be broken and your improvised clasp works well in your piece. Love it.

vintagesusie & wings said...

So beautiful friend, I love this necklace & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
Thanks for sharing...

Helmitarha said...

Simple and elegant! Each piece is in the right place! Love it!

Barbara Bechtel said...

I like the way you used the long bits and it comes across very chain like!

Have a wonderful day!

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

Andrew, that turned out really beautiful! I love the beads you chose and the placement. The long bone beads are especially cool and I love the dangling beads and what you did with the pendant. Someone will have a lot of fun wearing That!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

this is a lovely piece! i love it!

Margot Potter said...

A study in simplicity and beauty. Divine!

Leigh said...

You do a great job with capturing something natural and organic in your piece. Wonderful!

Sarabeth said...

beautiful! fabulous job with your soup!


Holly said...

Andrew, this is a beautiful, simple and yet complex necklace! I love the way it flows.

Penny said...

Simple but also very complex and detailed love what you have done with this necklace.

Melissa Meman said...

Andrew...I really like your take on the soup ingredients. It is always hard to choose exactly what to use when your partner is so generous :) My fav part is the bird flying over the house makes me smile!

Emakaye said...

You have created a beautiful piece. I love the variation of design elements. The focal pendant from your soup partner is quite beautiful too.

Cyndi L said...

Rules were meant to be bent when the results are this wonderful :-)

lynn said...

This is so cool, I love the focal piece. Lynn

BeaderBubbe said...

Thinking outside the box...what a creation! :)

Janea aka Naya said...

Thank you for the kind words you left me on my blog. You are very kind. I loved how you made the bone tubes into a chain. I may have to incorporate that into one of my next projects. I have some cute brown with white polkadots on them. Hmmm, I'm not going to get much sleep now...

Jean said...

Love it!! You did a wonderful and very cool job!

Lisa Godfrey said...

Beautiful Andrew! I feel like your piece tells a story with the bird flying away from home. Nicely done!

Serena Trent said...

knock knock i hear birds...excellent design!

jamberry_song said...

Aw, such a sweet little soup. :) I'm loving what you did with it; it has a nice down homey feel and the understated style suits the subdued colors really well. It's as if the necklace itself is holding its breath and hoping for a little feathered friend to alight for a moment. <3 Very, very lovely. :)

TesoriTrovati said...

I absolutely love hearing the hows and the whys of design. That is one of the most exciting parts of this. Your sweet, but hardly simple design is a beauty. I love those mother of pearl tubes (?). I thought that was a chain until I looked closer. The colors are so cheery and it is a great mix that you got. That button would have been hard for me too, I always fall back on a button hole made of seed beads! I like what you did so much. Thank you for sharing your inspiration.

Off to hop some more... might be until Easter, but I will get it done! ;-)
Enjoy the day!

Mags said...

A lovely and harmonious piece! Tells me of an inner balance of the artist <3

Releases by Rufydoof said...

Wow what an awesome soup mix! I love what you created - the piece has a definite calm feel to it and that focal is just too cute. Well done!


Dragonfodder Jewellery Diary said...

Hi Andrew, always great to meet another Thornton. I've been reading your blog for about two and a half years but have only recently started my own blog, hence I'm now an official follower of yours. I don't manage to visit your blog everyday. Our band width is a bit slow in SA. I would happily wear the jewellery you make.

Raida said...

What a beautiful design. I love the natural look of it, wonderful!

GraceC said...

I'm about the last one to the party, so I got to read your post today, which I much enjoyed. Are you familiar with the book "The Beauty of Different (or something close to that)"? I got it for Christmas and highly recommend it.
Anyway, your bead soup is swell. Nice editing. I'd really like to see a closeup of your clasp because I couldn't picture it at all after several reads.

Beadroe said...

Very creative use of the materials. I love the design.

Michelle said...

truly a lovely simple design. It's just scrumptious!
Bead Happy!

LeeLu Creations said...

I love how the very different pieces came together to create this great necklace!

Flora said...

Thank you for your creativity... so nice piece of bead art you serve to us... Love that long necklace... as I don't wear such at all..

Menka Gupta said...

Great work! simple yet very beautiful.

CraftyHope said...

Oh Andrew, it's just amazing. I love the eclectic whimsy of it. So wearable and so fun! You've really made a remarkable piece.

Creative Arty Facts said...

Thx for visiting my blog Andrew - like you, I often do and re-do till i get it right. I really love your piece. Lots of different elements that complement each other nicely!

N Valentine Studio said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I love that little winged heart, does your sister sell online anywhere?

Shelly said...

I really like the simplicity of this piece. The colors POP all the more for it!

Great job `;~)

Marian Hertzog said...

Very nice design... I like your color choices. Very pretty!

Claire Maunsell said...

I love the length of this, and also that you allowed the glorious focal bead to really BE a focal. Wonderful soup mixture...

Genea said...

Simple and beautiful. It's just perfect :) I think it's fine you bent the rules a smidge on the clasp ;)

Valerie said...

Beautiful design; lovely focal. I like what you did with the components; complementary without overwhelming. Glad to be in this group with you!

Hazel Ward said...

Really lovely - I especially like the long focal element. I bet it has loads of movement to it! :D

pchickki said...

I know Brenda and her work is amazing.
She has told me about you and your talent and I love what you did with your ingredients. What fun!!!

Mary K. McGraw said...

I am still making my way to all the blogs. The components you picked perfectly highlighted the focal in its simplicity.

Mary K. McGraw said...

I am still making my way to all the blogs. The components you picked perfectly highlighted the focal in its simplicity.

tappingflamingo said...

love the bird house bead. love the chain you added.

Noemi said...

Hi Andrew,
I like the simplicity of your piece. It is fresh and romantic at the same time, but it also it feels as if it is hiding some story that must be told.

I would also like to thank you for your lovely comment. It has really meant a lot as I am going through a tough time.

I have written a thank you post on my blog and it would be lovely if you could read it if you find the time.

A big hug your way.